Sebelius has nothing but sneers for Republican's "gift"
November 2nd, 2013
05:08 PM ET
9 years ago

Sebelius has nothing but sneers for Republican's "gift"

(CNN) - Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was already having a rough week when she was presented with an unwelcome gift at an event in Memphis on Friday.

After being grilled on Capitol Hill and receiving subpoenas from one congressional committee, Sebelius was wrapping up her week at an outreach event when Tennessee state Sen. Brian Kelsey approached her with a copy of the book "Web Sites for Dummies," according to Memphis' The Daily News, which captured the moment on camera.

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In the picture posted on The Daily News' website, Sebelius holds the book out with what seems to be an irritated expression.

Kelsey, a Republican, later tweeted, "Just presented Sec Sebelius with 'Websites for Dummies,'" and then, "The book is simply a reminder to Sec. #Sebelius of my message to her that Tennessee does NOT want Medicaid expansion."

The secretary's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Sebelius was in Tennessee to promote the Affordable Care Act and explain how her department is working to fix the botched insurance exchange website,

"Clearly we did not do enough end-to-end testing," admitted Sebelius, though she defended the market itself, saying, "The market is ready. We have competitive plans in every market in this country."

"We have brought in a lot of technology experts to help make sure that we have all the eyes and ears on the problems and the puzzle, “Sebelius added.

On Wednesday, Sebelius apologized for the flawed website when she testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee. President Obama has thus far resisted calls from congressional Republicans to fire Sebelius.

Filed under: Kathleen Sebelius • Obamacare • Tennessee
soundoff (157 Responses)
  1. barryinlasvegas

    She should give it to the people who she paid $600 million dollars to read so they can learn how it's done.

    November 3, 2013 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  2. GonzoinHouston

    What a classy move! She should go back to DC and close the Social Security office in his district.

    November 3, 2013 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  3. mars7578

    This just another example where the President has consistently rejected proposals from the democrats in an effort to appease the right. The democrats were for the public option and allowing prescriptions from Canada. The President when with Romneycare,insurance and drug companies. Then to show how liberal he was , he added birth control. This administration tends to always get entangled in secondary issues which does not allow them to give the primary issues the resources necessary. By the way instead of running away from what he said ,he should admit that he was wrong because he was mislead if that be the case. The President has yet to embrace ideas from democrats in Congress ,yet always wants them to support these compromises worked out between him and the republicans. It is time for the democrats to voice their opinion. If they do not believe it is time for a federal mandate on birth control they should say so.

    November 3, 2013 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  4. sonnie3

    She has failed big time and need to get out of Government as we can't afford such disaster anywhere in America, Public or Private. She like our potus is in over the heads and need to get out of the way so some true leaders can step in and fix this problem. God knows they spent enough money on this/ outsourced to Canada?

    November 3, 2013 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  5. Doc Ock

    So this is what politics have degenerated into; grade school antics? "Na na na nan ya" tactics really demonstrate a sharp an educated mind and great political acumen. Why are people accepting this behavior from ANY elected official when it's behavior not accepted for CHILDREN?

    November 3, 2013 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  6. John

    TN does want it!

    November 3, 2013 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  7. marc

    Just when you think these Repubs have went as low as a human possibly can, they go even lower.

    November 3, 2013 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
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